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Everton at Brighton and Hove Albion: Writer Prediction League

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Everton’s poor form causes uncertainty at RBM

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Can Dominic Calvert-Lewin fulfill our predictions for him this week?
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After a much-needed break, Everton returns to the pitch this weekend, facing newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. At the start of the season, you might have thought that making predictions for this match would be pretty open and shut, but after a miserable week against Apollon Limassol and Burnley before the break, things look pretty bleak.

Our predictions for the Apollon and Burnley matches were overwhelming positive, with the RBM crew buoyed by prior victories over Sunderland and Bournemouth. We have some regrets about that optimism.

Check out our picks from those matches below, with correct picks in bold.

Apollon Limassol Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Sandro Vlasic Everton 3-1 1
Brian F. Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Brian L. Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 0
Callum Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 0
Calvin Rooney Gueye Everton 2-1 0
Chris Sandro Davies Everton 4-0 0
Matt Zelaya Gueye Draw 1-1 2
Mike Mirallas Mirallas Everton 3-1 0
Sean Calvert-Lewin Sigurdsson Everton 3-0 0
Tom Calvert-Lewin Davies Everton 2-0 0
Tyler Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Zach Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 0

Burnley Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Niasse Niasse Everton 2-0 0
Brian F. Niasse Gueye Everton 1-0 0
Brian L. Rooney Pickford Everton 2-1 0
Callum Sigurdsson Vlasic Everton 1-0 0
Calvin Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 1
Chris Sigurdsson Rooney Everton 2-1 0
Matt Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Mike Rooney Rooney Everton 1-0 0
Sean Wood Niasse Everton 2-1 0
Tom Niasse Niasse Everton 2-1 0
Tyler Calvert-Lewin Pickford Everton 3-1 0
Zach Rooney Pickford Everton 1-0 0

Our writers collected a whopping four points from those two matches. I correctly picked Nikola Vlasic as the Everton MOTM against Apollon, Matt correctly predicted a draw against the Cyprian club, and Calvin got Dominic Calvert-Lewin right as the Everton MOTM against Burnley.

With such overwhelming failure from both Everton and our writers, our prediction league standings have hardly changed from before the break.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

Calvin and Mike are still running away at the top of the table, though Matt and I ever-so-slightly inched closer to the upper echelon.

Everton’s struggles before the break have led to a relatively varied collect of picks against BHA, at least as far as the outcome of the match is concerned.

BHA Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 1-0 0
Brian F. Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 4
Brian L. Calvert-Lewin Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Callum Gross Calvert-Lewin BHA 2-0 0
Calvin Knockaert Vlasic BHA 2-1 2
Chris Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 4
Matt Gross Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 4
Mike Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 0
Sean Sigurdsson Gueye Everton 1-0 0
Tom Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Tyler Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Zach Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 0

Of the 12 participating writers this week, two picked a Brighton victory, three a draw, and seven an Everton victory. Six of the seven who predicted victory also predicted an Everton clean sheet (myself included), perhaps banking on Tomer Hemed’s absence through suspension causing problems for Brighton up top.

Two names jump out a lot in opening scorer and Everton MOTM voting — Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson. DCL picked up five votes for opening goalscorer and man of the match, while the Icelandic talisman nabbed four votes in those categories.